Sony Xperia P SmartDock Aims To Bring “Full PC Experience” To Your Xperia Handset

To compliment Sony’s new Xperia phones, the company has also announced a SmartDock accessory that will connect your Xperia device to your home television. The dock itself outputs via HDMI and serves as a media hub to access your music, video as well as your photos. On a newer TV equipped with HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), you can even use your television remote to navigate your smartphone or play with your favorite Android app. An optional keyboard and mouse is also available to help give you that “full PC experience”.

I beg to differ on the whole full experience viewpoint, but I must say this is definitely a nice solid step in the right direction for combining your smartphone with your home entertainment system. Make sure to keep tuned to TalkAndroid for more updates from Mobile World Conference 2012. Full press release after the break.

Sony Mobile Communications Introduces Xperia P and Xperia U – Smartphones for Connected Entertainment Experiences

Mobile World Congress, BARCELONA, Spain, February 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/
 

  • Xperia P and Xperia U join Xperia S in the Xperia NXT series – next generation smartphones from Sony
  • Xperia P delivers outstanding screen brightness using Sony “WhiteMagic” display technology
  • Xperia U packs powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design

Sony Mobile Communications today unveiled the latest additions to its Xperia™ NXT series – next generation smartphones from Sony, the new Xperia P and Xperia U. In addition, Xperia S, the ultimate HD smartphone, is now shipping to markets across the globe, with first sales in the Sony Style store in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress.  Xperia P and Xperia U will be available to consumers globally in the second quarter of this year.

Xperia NXT series – a connected entertainment experience

Incorporating the best of Sony technology and premium entertainment, the Xperia NXT series is a cornerstone of Sony’s connected experience.  With easy connectivity, consumers can enjoy and share content on whichever screen best suits them, whether it’s their smartphone, TV, laptop or tablet.

With the next generation of smartphone design from Sony, the Xperia NXT series has a look that is instantly recognisable.  These smartphones have intriguing design features including the “transparent element”, a band that encircles the base of the phone and also integrates invisible antenna components.  The transparent element illuminates when receiving calls, texts and notifications.

The new User Interface (UI) follows the same design principles and enhances the Android™ experience – offering rich applications and content with a simple and clean look.   A new  album, video player and music player will deliver compelling entertainment experiences  and the new UI design also allows consumers to access their favourite application direct from the lock-screen.

Xperia P and Xperia U boast Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA® Engine for razor-sharp clarity, along with fast capture to take the camera from sleep to snap in a little over a second with a single key press.  Both smartphones come with powerful 1 GHz dual-core processors for super fast performance.

As with Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U connect consumers to premium entertainment experiences with access to the Sony Entertainment Network*.  Out of the box, consumers can watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters on Video Unlimited or listen to millions and millions of songs** through Music Unlimited.

Xperia P - ultra-bright viewing experience    

With a full aluminium unibody design, Xperia P debuts WhiteMagic™ display technology from Sony for the first time on a smartphone.  WhiteMagic technology delivers the brightest viewing experience; whether at the beach or on the ski slopes. Smart power efficiency automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen to the surroundings to conserve battery life.

The new SmartDock, exclusively for Xperia P, offers simple connectivity to multiple screens, turning the smartphone into an entertainment hub for the living room.  Using a TV remote control consumers can easily navigate their smartphone’s media content to watch their HD videos, the latest movies or favourite TV shows on the big screen.  With USB support in the SmartDock, they can also use a wireless keyboard and mouse to write emails, browse and post on Facebook or watch videos from YouTube on their TV.

Key features for Xperia P

  • 4″ Reality Display with powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
  • WhiteMagic™ display technology for an ultra-bright and power efficient viewing experience.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance with 16GB flash storage.
  • 8MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Easy HDMI and DLNA connectivity to share content on any screen.
  • NFC (Near Field Communications) enabled to access a growing range of NFC applications and services as well as Xperia SmartTags.
  • Available in a choice of silver, black and red, all with an aluminium unibody.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.

Xperia U – powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design

Xperia U combines powerful Sony entertainment in a stylish and compact design that consumers can personalise inside and out.  With xLoud™ and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player, consumers will enjoy a crisp and loud sound experience. They can also stream music from their Xperia U to wireless speakers with a touch using DLNA.

In Xperia U the transparent element illuminates to match the colour of photos viewed in the gallery or the album art of music tracks currently playing. Xperia U can also be personalised with exchangeable caps and themes to reflect consumers’ personality and mood.

Consumers listening to music on their Xperia U can also enjoy improved sound quality with the stylish new Smart Headset forAndroid smartphones, which features SmartKey – a dedicated application launch key that consumers press once to launch a favourite app.

Key features for Xperia U

  • 3.5″ Reality Display powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine.
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor for super fast performance.
  • 5MP camera with unique fast capture, HD recording and Sony technology to capture 2D and 3D panoramic images.
  • Crisp and loud listening with xLoud and 3D surround sound audio technology.
  • Available in a choice of white or black, with pink and yellow exchangeable caps for the base of the smartphone in the box.
  • Launches on Android platform 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to Android platform 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012.

 

*Sony Entertainment Network services are subject to availabilityby region, please see http://www.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com  for more details.

**The number of available songs varies by region.

“Sony”, “BRAVIA” and “Sony Entertainment Network” are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Sony Mobile Communications

Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Through its Xperia™ smartphone portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony’s world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information:http://www.sonymobile.com

Appendix:

 
    Xperia P specifications All services mentioned in this list may not be
                            available in every market.

    Colour                  Silver
                            Black
                            Red

    Facts                   Size: 122 x 59.5 x 10.5 mm
                            Weight: 120 grams
                            1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core processor
                            Google Android(TM) 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable
                            to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

    Camera                  3D Sweep Panorama(TM) 
                            8 MP camera 
                            8x digital zoom 
                            Auto focus 
                            Face detection 
                            Flash/Photo flash 
                            Flash/Photo light 
                            Front-facing camera (VGA) 
                            Geotagging 
                            HD video recording (1080p) 
                            Image stabiliser 
                            Red-eye reduction 
                            Scene recognition 
                            Self-timer 
                            Smile detection 
                            Sony Exmor R(TM) for mobile image sensor 
                            Sweep Panorama(TM) 
                            Sweep Multi Angle(TM) 
                            Touch capture 
                            Touch focus 
                            Video light 
                            Video recording
    Music                   3D surround sound 
                            Album art 
                            Bluetooth(TM) stereo (A2DP) 
                            Clear bass 
                            Clear stereo 
                            Music Player 
                            PlayNow(TM) service 
                            SensMe(TM) 
                            TrackID(TM) music recognition 
                            xLoud(TM)
    Internet                Android Market(TM) 
                            Bookmarks 
                            Google(TM) search 
                            Google Voice(TM) Search 
                            Google Maps(TM) for Mobile with Street view and
                            Latitude(TM) 
                            NeoReader(TM) barcode scanner 
                            Web browser (WebKit(TM))
    Communication           Call list 
                            Conference calls 
                            Facebook(TM) application 
                            Facebook inside Xperia(TM) 
                            Google Talk(TM) application 
                            Noise suppression 
                            Xperia(TM) Timescape(TM) 
                            Speakerphone 
                            Twitter(TM) (Timescape(TM) integration)
                            Video chat ready
    Messaging               Conversations 
                            Email 
                            Google Mail(TM) 
                            Instant messaging 
                            Multimedia messaging (MMS) 
                            Predictive text input 
                            Sound recorder
                            Text messaging (SMS)
    Design                  Auto rotation 
                            Gesture input 
                            Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY) 
                            Live Wallpaper 
                            Reality Display with Sony WhiteMagic(TM)
                            technology 
                            Screenshot capturing 
                            Mobile BRAVIA(R) Engine 
                            Touch screen 
                            Contains post consumer recycled plastic and
                            waterborne paint
    Entertainment           3D Album 
                            Accelerated Adobe Flash Video
                            Media browser
                            Motion gaming
                            Radio (FM radio with RDS)
                            Send to web
                            Sony Entertainment Network
                            TV launcher
                            Video streaming
                            YouTube(TM)
     Organiser              Airplane mode
                            Alarm clock
                            Calculator
                            Calendar
                            Contacts
                            Document readers
                            eCompass(TM)
                            E-Manual
                            Notes
                            Setup guide
                            Stopwatch

    Connectivity            3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA) 
                            aGPS 
                            Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology
                            DLNA Certified(R) 
                            HDMI support 
                            Media Transfer Protocol support 
                            Micro USB support 
                            Native USB tethering 
                            NFC 
                            PC Companion 
                            Synchronisation via Microsoft(R) Exchange
                            ActiveSync(R) 
                            USB High speed 2.0 support 
                            USB host 
                            USB Mass Storage 
                            Wi-Fi(R) 
                            Wi-Fi(R) hotspot functionality 
                            Wisepilot(TM) turn-by-turn navigation
                            All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be
                            available in every market.
    Display                 4" Reality Display with Sony WhiteMagic(TM)
                            technology
                            960 x 540 pixels (qHD)
                            16,000,000 colour TFT
                            Hard coated shatter proof sheet on
                            scratch-resistant mineral glass
    Memory                  Internal phone storage: 16 GB (up to 13 GB
                            user-accessible memory)
    Networks                UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1900
                            (Band II), 2100 (Band I)
                            GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
    Battery life            Talk time GSM: Up to 6 hrs*
                            Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 470 hrs*
                            Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs* 
                            Standby time UMTS: Up to 475 hrs* 
                            Music listening time: Up to 80 hrs 
                            Video playback time: Up to 4 hrs 
                            Battery: 1305 mAh typical, 1265 mAh minimum 
                            *Values are according to GSM Association Battery
                            Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance
                            may vary depending on network conditions and
                            configurations, and phone usage.
    In the kit              Xperia(TM) P, embedded battery, clear audio
                            certified stereo headset, fast charger, micro USB
                            cable for charging, synchronisation and file
                            transfer, and user documentation

 
    Xperia U specifications All services mentioned in this list may not be
                            available in every market.
                            Black
    Colour                  White
                            Size: 112 x 54 x 12 mm
                            Weight: 110 grams
                            1 GHz STE U8500 dual core-processor 
                            Google Android(TM) 2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradeable
    Facts                   to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
                            3D Sweep panorama(TM) 
                            5 megapixel camera 
                            16x digital zoom 
                            Auto focus 
                            Face detection 
                            Flash/Photo flash 
                            Flash/Photo light 
                            Front-facing camera (VGA) 
                            Geotagging 
                            HD video recording (720p) 
                            Red-eye reduction 
                            Self-timer 
                            Send to web 
                            Sweep Multi Angle 
                            Sweep panorama(TM) 
                            Video light 
    Camera                  Video recording
                            Album art 
                            Bluetooth(TM) stereo (A2DP) 
                            Clear bass 
                            Clear stereo 
                            Manual equalizer 
                            Music Player 
                            PlayNow(TM) service 
                            SensMe(TM) 
                            TrackID(TM) music recognition 
    Music                   xLoud(TM)
                            Android Market(TM) 
                            Bookmarks 
                            Google(TM) search 
                            Google Voice(TM) Search 
                            Google Maps(TM) for Mobile with Street view and
                            Latitude(TM) 
                            NeoReader(TM) barcode scanner 
    Internet                Web browser (WebKit(TM))
                            Call list 
                            Conference calls 
                            Facebook(TM) application 
                            Facebook inside Xperia(TM) 
                            Google Talk(TM) application 
                            Noise suppression 
                            Xperia(TM) Timescape(TM) 
                            Speakerphone 
                            Twitter(TM) (Timescape(TM) integration)
    Communication           Video chat ready
                            Conversations 
                            Email 
                            Google Mail(TM) 
                            Instant messaging 
                            Multimedia messaging (MMS) 
                            Predictive text input 
                            Sound recorder 
                            Text messaging (SMS) 
                            Gesture input
    Messaging               Voice input
                            Auto rotation 
                            Keyboard (on-screen, QWERTY) 
                            Picture wallpaper 
                            Reality Display with 
                            Mobile BRAVIA(R) Engine 
                            Screenshot capturing 
                            Touch screen 
                            Live Wallpaper 
    Design                  Contains post consumer recycled plastic and
                            waterborne paint
                            Media browser
                            Radio (FM radio with RDS) 
                            Sony Entertainment Network 
                            Video streaming
    Entertainment           YouTube(TM)
                            Alarm clock 
                            Calculator 
                            Calendar 
                            Airplane mode 
                            3D Album 
                            Infinite button 
                            Contacts 
                            Setup guide 
                            Stopwatch
    Organiser               Timer
                            3.5 mm audio jack (CTIA) 
                            aGPS 
                            Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology 
                            DLNA Certified(R) 
                            Media Transfer Protocol support 
                            Micro USB support 
                            Modem 
                            Native USB tethering 
                            Media Go(TM) 
                            Synchronisation via Microsoft(R) Exchange
                            ActiveSync(R) 
                            USB High speed 2.0 support 
                            USB mass storage 
                            USB Host 
                            Wi-Fi(R) 
                            Wi-Fi(R) Hotspot functionality 
                            Wisepilot(TM) turn-by-turn navigation 
    Connectivity            All services mentioned in this leaflet may not be
                            available in every market.
                            3.5" Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA(R) Engine
                            854 x 480 pixels 
                            16,000,000 colour TFT 
    Display                 Anti-reflection coating on scratch-resistant
                            mineral glass
                            RAM (for active apps and OS services): 512 MB 
                            System memory (for Android firmware): 2 GB 
                            Phone memory (for downl. apps and apps data): 2 GB 
                            Internal storage (for photos, music, videos and
                            downl. apps): 4 GB 
                            Internal phone storage: 8 GB (up to 6 GB
    Memory                  user-accessible memory)
                            UMTS HSPA 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band
                            I) 
                            GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 
                            UMTS HSPA 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I) 
    Networks                GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
                            Talk time GSM: Up to 6 hrs 36 min* 
                            Standby time GSM/GPRS: Up to 260 hrs* 
                            Talk time UMTS: Up to 5 hrs 36 min* 
                            Standby time UMTS: Up to 472 hrs* 
                            Music listening time: Up to 45 hrs 
                            Video playback time: Up to 6 hrs 
    Battery life            Battery: 1320 mAh typical, 1290 mAh minimum

                            *Values are according to GSM Association Battery
                            Life Measurement Technique. Battery performance
                            may vary depending on network conditions and
                            configurations, and phone usage.
                            Xperia(TM) U, battery, exchangeable caps, stereo
                            headset, charger, micro USB cable for charging,
                            synchronisation and file transfer, and user
    In the kit              documentation

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  • Gregory Opera

    I would have been more impressed if they announced that this was going run Ubuntu when connected to the dock… Now that would be awesome!

    • Noah Gray

      I think Chrome OS would be better.

  • Noah Gray

    I saw an Apple ad today that had no words in it, except “Automatic. Everywhere. iPhone 4S”. But these other manufacturers bombard us with long list of features:

    Call list (WOW!)Instant messaging (In phones now?!)

    What’s worse is when they get technical:
    UMTS HSPA 900 (Band VIII), 2100 (Band I)

    Or have shit no one’s ever heard of:
    SensMe(TM)xLoud(TM)PlayNow(TM) service

    Is this going to make people love a phone? I think people want a device that’s focused, and advertising to match. They want to see it work so they can imagine it in their hands.